TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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Injury Collision on Pennyrile Parkway in Hopkins County
Date of News Release: 06/01/2008
Madisonville, KY - Scott Wenz was traveling southbound on the Pennyrile Parkway, just south of exit 44, in the left lane. Ms. Carol Mathis was traveling southbound on the Pennyrile Parkway in the right lane, approximately one car length in front of Mr. Wenz. According to a witness, Ms. Mathis suddenly slowed and turned left, crossing into the left lane, in an apparent attempt to make an illegal U-turn. Mr. Wenz's right front bumper then struck the left side of Ms. Mathis' vehicle. She then spun 180 degrees, sliding into the median, and coming to rest facing north in the median. Mr. Wenz then slid off the roadway into the median, coming to rest facing south. Ms. Mathis and Lillian Brent (passenger of Ms. Mathis' vehicle) were transported to Regional Medical Center. Mr. Wenz went to the emergency room via personal vehicle.